Laila's Top 10 Art Books

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Women Holding Things By Maira Kalman Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780062846679
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Published: Harper Design - October 18th, 2022

Women Holding Things is my all time favorite art book of the year. Not only is the style gorgeous, I found myself laughing at all the bizarre ways women were captured holding miscellaneous objects. With a striking cover, Maira Kalman presents a timeless exploration of the intricacies in a woman's life and all the many things we hold, metaphorical and literal. This is a beautiful and moving collection, perfect for any woman with a fondness for art and its storytelling. This will be my new favorite coffee table book.


Great Women Painters By Phaidon Editors, Alison M. Gingeras (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Phaidon Editors, Alison M. Gingeras (Introduction by)
$69.95
ISBN: 9781838663285
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 6th, 2022

My second favorite art book of the year! Some of my newfound favorite pieces of art are laying in the pages of this book. Women's history is one of my favorite things to learn about and I’m so glad this book combines fun and funky art with the lost information of the women behind them. Each turn of the page brings striking pieces of work paired with fascinating excerpts on how women's art has evolved in the past 500 years.


Wild Flowers of North America: Botanical Illustrations by  Mary Vaux Walcott By Pamela Henson (Editor) Cover Image
By Pamela Henson (Editor)
$65.00
ISBN: 9783791388892
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Published: Prestel - October 11th, 2022

Mary Vaux Walcott brings us the most luminous artwork of North American plants and flowers. Each page is absolutely breathtaking, filled with vibrant colors and great composition. This is my favorite botanical art book of the year and it’s amazing for collages or posters, but honestly feels too beautiful to cut up. Each picture needs to be put on display.


Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular By Frida Kahlo (Artist), Layla Bermeo (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By Frida Kahlo (Artist), Layla Bermeo (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$50.00
ISBN: 9780878468881
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MFA Publications - November 8th, 2022

This list wouldn't be complete without a Frida Kahlo feature. In this stunning bilingual collection, MFABoston walks us through the life of Frida Kahlo and all her mixed media. There was truly nothing she couldn’t do. This book has one of my favorite covers on the list, with a stunning shade of blue and an eye-catching picture of Frida illuminating the journey ahead into her work and representation of Mexican culture. 


Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak By Maurice Sendak (Artist), Jonathan Weinberg (Editor), Lynn Caponera (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak (Artist), Jonathan Weinberg (Editor), Lynn Caponera (Introduction by)
$55.00
ISBN: 9781636810522
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Published: Delmonico Books - September 6th, 2022

As someone who adored Where the Wild Things Are as a kid, I loved this detailed voyage into Maurice Sendak's life and career as one of the most infamous illustrators. This adorable collection walks you through the art of stories like Where the Wild Things Are and more. As an art and illustration lover, seeing the evolution of someone who painted the life of your childhood is magical.


Art Against Despair: Pictures to Restore Hope By The School of Life Cover Image
$32.99
ISBN: 9781912891900
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Published: School of Life - October 11th, 2022

From artistic scenes all the way from the 1600’s until 2022, the tagline of this book is “pictures to restore hope” and it does just that. My favorite medium in this book is the photography. It captures such an intense yet subtle gloom as the focal person in the photo usually displays despair, disbelief, or utter numbness. All of the elements in the pictures come together to create incredible storytelling, whether accidental or intentional. This book has a special ability to make you feel less alone in whatever you’re feeling.


Art Is Life: Icons and Iconoclasts, Visionaries and Vigilantes, and Flashes of Hope in the Night By Jerry Saltz Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593086490
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 1st, 2022

As someone who really enjoyed How to be an Artist, Jerry Saltz has produced a sister book that’s just as good, if not better. He uses his own creativity to inspire others and show that art is for everyone, even those whose inner creative hasn't been awakened yet. In Art Is Life, he celebrates the lives of a wide range of artists, all from different cultures and communities with different styles, techniques, and messages to let us know that art and life are interchangeable.


Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co. (1900-1939) By Christian Briend (Editor) Cover Image
By Christian Briend (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9786148035333
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Published: Kaph Books - September 27th, 2022

With a very abstract and eye-catching cover, this is a super cool look into the artistic evolution in Paris, including the works of many talented artists and a timeline of the school of Paris, important studio and museum openings, and historical pinpoints. The artwork ranges from dark and gripping to light and vibrant. A very cool collection.


Collecting Nature: The History of the Herbarium and Natural Specimens By Clive Aslet, Svante Helmbaek Tirén Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9789189425644
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Published: Bokforlaget Stolpe - July 5th, 2022

This book is simply one of the best elemental collections ever. Featuring a range of earthly discoveries such as seashells, stones, flowers, and insects, Collecting Nature will remind you of how you felt as a little kid exploring a new place and picking up rocks and any new thing you could find. It’s a fascinating assortment of nature's coolest things.


The Fashion Book: Revised and Updated Edition By Phaidon Editors Cover Image
$59.95
ISBN: 9781838665708
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Phaidon Press - September 21st, 2022

Straying a little from art on a canvas, my last favorite art book of the year is all about fashion. From era to era, The Fashion Book encompasses the world of high end fashion with radiant photography of runways, famous actresses, photoshoots, and campaigns. Each turn of a page is a brief transportation into another period of time and how that period was defined by what they wore.


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